MEDIA RELEASE 4 November 2004
New Acroba J Forklift launched on the Australian market
TCM’s new Acroba J forklift has been launched on the Australian market and
the distributors of the vehicle, Lencrow Group, believe the forklift represents
a technology break-through for the industry.
Ross Grassick, General Manager of Lencrow Group says the Acroba J incorporates
major advances in operational efficiency, manoeuvrability, and overall
“A big feature of this new forklift is that the left and right sides of the
vehicle are independently controlled by two separate motors and guided by a
central computer system,” said Grassick.
“This means that the driver will find the forklift a lot more flexible compared
to previous models as the separate functions will enable the vehicle to perform
pivotal turns off the centre of the front drive axle. The forklift can therefore
be utilised in very narrow spaces.
“The independent motors will also result in less noise, less vibration and
better traction on wet and slippery surfaces, which are a characteristic of many
work sites. If one side of the truck looses traction, then it will not affect
the other side.
“Another thing that makes the Acroba J so manoeuvrable is the newly designed
compact body, which has a nimble J-line appearance, hence the name of the
vehicle, and a trim front structure, which also improves visibility and safety.
“In fact at full lock the Acroba can achieve an outside turning radius of just
1.6 metres – a breakthrough for a 1.5 ton battery-powered forklift.
“The batteries themselves, which power the advanced AC motor, have a total
operating time of up to 8.5 hours per charge in Economy mode – one of three
operational modes depending on the power and speed required.
“The improved battery life, along with easier access to the battery compartment
itself, makes the forklift more economical and easier to maintain, and it also
means the driver doesn’t have to worry about replacing or recharging the vehicle
mid-shift, which can be a major hassle in large logistical operations. The new
battery compartment means the vehicle does not need to be hoisted by a crane to
replace the batteries,” said Grassick.
Overall maintenance costs for the Acroba J are also reduced by the inboard
mounted maintenance free break system and new AC drive motors, which require no
brushes or contactors.
Lencrow Group, one of Australia’s largest materials handling companies, recently
signed a new distribution deal with TCM forklifts, through NTP forklifts, who
import the TCM product into Australia.
The former companies that now operate under the new Lencrow Group name include
Nomad Lift Trucks, Pacific Rentals, Allforks Hire, Pro-fork Materials Handling,
Hilift Tailgates and Hilift Materials Handling.
Images are available on request
Released for Lencrow Group by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For further information please call David Lizzio
or Dennis Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.